Presentation on theme: "Public Information Officer National Radio Astronomy Observatory"— Presentation transcript:
1Public Information Officer National Radio Astronomy Observatory Article WritingDave FinleyPublic Information OfficerNational Radio Astronomy Observatory
2Outline Background & Experience Types of Articles Writing Process: Working ExampleAdapting the Writing to the AudienceAdvice for Scientific Writing
3Background & Experience Degrees: Political Science & GeologyNewspapers: Miami Herald Sci/Med EditorSupercomputer Centers: DocumentationNRAO: Public Information OfficerOn the Side: Occasional FreelanceHobbies: Astronomy, Ham Radio, Aviation
4Types of Writing Newspapers Magazines Books Miami Herald, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer,Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque Tribune, etc.MagazinesAstronomy, Air & Space, Mercury, QST, Radio Fun,Lite Geology, Southern Sky, NM Journal of ScienceBooksAuthor: Morse Code: Breaking the BarrierEditor: Radio Interferometry: The Saga and the ScienceChapter Author: Preserving the Astronomical SkyOrganizations & Strategies in Astronomy IIIState of the Universe 2008
5Writing Process Working Example: Press Release Scientific Content Target: General PublicOften Used VerbatimProcess Essentially Sameas for Magazine Article, etc.
6Writing Process Basic Principle: Learn First, Write Next Read the Scientific/Technical PaperInterview Author(s), Clarify & Amplify Important PointsIdentify Potential Graphics, Get Work Started on ThemPrepare DraftReview Draft with Author(s), ReviseEndure Institutional Review ProcessAssemble Text/Graphics PackageIssue Release/Publish on Web
7Adapting the Material to the Audience Original: Technical Paper, Jargon, Equations,Complex Graphs & ChartsPress Release/Article: Language for Nonscientists
8Adapting the Material to the Audience Know and understand the materialTranslate the jargonHelp develop simplified graphicsPut plain-language explanations into quotesExplain the backgroundPut the new discovery into context
9Advice for Scientific Writing Living in Interesting TimesSome Unchanged/Unchanging Essentials
10The Media Revolution New Old Online Editions Newspapers Web PublicationsCable NetworksBlogsPodcastsVodcastsYouTubeFacebookOldNewspapersMagazinesEvening News
11What Hasn't Changed, and Won't Good StorytellingLively WritingClarityAccuracy
12Summary Understand Your Topic Understand Your Audience Keep It Lively Keep It AccurateKeep Up With Technology, TrendsEnjoy the Ride!